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World Languages for Grade 8

Spanish I 

In Spanish I, students begin a five-year sequence toward proficiency in Spanish. Level I Spanish students will be introduced to the language and culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures with accurate pronunciation. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercise, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Assessments are based on the four basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the strongest emphasis being placed on speaking. An oral proficiency exam will be given at the mid-term and at the end of the year.

French I

In French I, students begin a five-year sequence toward proficiency in French. Level I French students will be introduced to the language and culture of France and other French speaking countries. Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures with accurate pronunciation. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercise, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Assessments are based on the four basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the strongest emphasis being placed on speaking. An oral proficiency exam will be given at the mid-term and at the end of the year.

Latin I

In Latin I, students begin a five-year sequence of the study of the Latin language and literature with the Ecce Romani I text. Latin I students have the opportunity to learn the language of ancient Rome, which has provided the foundation for Romance languages and English vocabulary and grammar. Basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized. The culture, history, and mythology of ancient Rome are also explored through a variety of readings and projects. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes, as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.

German I

In German I, students begin a five-year sequence toward proficiency in German. Level I German students will be introduced to the language and culture of Germany and other German speaking countries. Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures with accurate pronunciation. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercise, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Assessments are based on the four basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the strongest emphasis being placed on speaking. An oral proficiency exam will be given at the mid-term and at the end of the year.

Mandarin I

In Mandarin I, students begin a five-year sequence toward proficiency in Mandarin. Level I Mandarin students will be introduced to the language and culture of China and other Mandarin speaking countries. Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures with accurate pronunciation. In addition, students will investigate the meaning of the Mandarin characters and practice calligraphy when creating representations of the characters. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercise, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Assessments are based on the four basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the strongest emphasis being placed on speaking. An oral proficiency exam will be given at the end of the year.

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